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QUOTE OF THE DAY: Cardboard Boxes Are a Threat to Democracy

Americans who purchase paper products, such as cardboard boxes, may be unwittingly supporting election denialism, ProPublica reported Wednesday.

THE QUOTE

“That Cardboard Box in Your Home Is Fueling Election Denial,” read the headline in the piece about the wide influence of the Uihlein family, owners of the Uline paper goods empire.

  • According to ProPublica, the midwestern family has quietly supported a range of problematic conservative politicians and causes, including skepticism over the results of the 2020 presidential election.
  • Thanks to the rise of remote commerce via home delivery, Uline’s income soared from $18 million in 2002 to $712 million in 2018, and the company has continued growing apace with the COVID-19 pandemic’s home delivery boom.
  • Owners Liz and Dick Uihlein are the top donors to federal Republican candidates this year, and the second biggest donors to federal races overall, after billionaire George Soros.

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